Paranephelium spirei

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Paranephelium spirei


(Shrub to) tree up to 25 m high, dbh 20-30 cm. Leaves 2-4-jugate, the axes usually tomentose; Inflorescences axillary to terminal, usually a stout branched axis (to clustered), 8-28 cm long, densely hairy. Flowers strongly scented. Sepals 5(-7), usually slightly connate at base, equal (or unequal), narrowly triangular, linear, or broadly ovate to elliptic, acute to rounded, 1.2-2 by 0.5-1.8 mm. Petals variable, 1.2-2 by 0.8-1.7 mm, outside laxly woolly (to glabrous); Stamens 7 or 8; Fruits 2.5-4 by 3-4.3 cm, dull brown to brownish black, densely to laxly variably spiny, glabrous to minutely hairy.


Asia-Temperate: Hainan (Hainan present), Asia-Tropical: Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present)
Hainan, Indo-China, and Malesia: Malay Peninsula.


The seeds may be eaten.


Davids 1984: p. 430. – In: Blumea: f. 1
Yap 1989 – In: Tree Fl. Malaya: 456
Gagnep. 1950: Fl. Indo-Chine: 972
Radlk. 1933 – In: Engl., Pflanzenr. 98: 1326
Lecomte 1912 – In: Fl. Indo-Chine: 1026